The HistoryMakers Receives $1 Million From Ursula Burns to Chronicle Black Women

The HistoryMakers, a Chicago nonprofit that preserves the oral history and accomplishments of African-Americans on video, has launched The WomanMakers initiative funded by a $1 million grant from Ursula Burns, the former C.E.O. of Xerox.

Burns, 61, who led the Rochester-founded company from 2009 to 2016, shattered the glass ceiling by becoming the first black women to lead a Fortune 500 company. Her generous financial gift is intended to ensure the stories of other pioneering African-American women are never forgotten.

Since its founding in 1999, The HistoryMakers has recorded the stories of over 3,300 black changemakers, from Maya Angelou to Colin Powell, including many little-heralded men and women who have made their mark in various fields.

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